While the Mets are getting ready for their National League wild card game across town, Brian Cashman will hold his season-ending “State of the Yankees” press conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday at noon. Check back here for real-time updates throughout the press conference:
On the season: “It was a series of twists and turns on this year. We certainly had high hopes. … That’s not how it played out.”
Cashman said the decisions to make the trades at the deadline made sense, and they feel they got significant value back.
The Yankees GM said the first three months were very frustrating and difficult, but the last three months were exciting.
“I do believe we learned a lot more about what we have, what we don’t have, and made some very strategic decisions to put this franchise in a better position to compete for a world championship as we move forward.”
Cashman said right field and first base will be competitions next spring. He called those positions “areas of question that we hope get answered from within. More likely, that’s the way we’ll go.”
He said he will have to look for pitching opportunities that present themselves on the free-agent market.
“Starting pitching middle relief, setup – that’s almost half your roster. You have to fortify, fortify, fortify and we’ll do it again.”
Regarding getting under the luxury tax threshold, Cashman said he hasn’t had any discussions with ownership and doesn’t know what the new CBA will look like when it’s agreed upon.
Cashman said the Yankees would certainly be interested in re-setting their tax clock because they’ve been punished more than any other team.
Asked what this year’s team’s biggest issue was, Cashman said, “We had a bad offensive team.” Cashman also cited the middle relief as a major problem for the 2016 Yankees.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News